Legalixa Law Firm is a full service Turkish Law Firm with a long record of excellence and professional leadership in Istanbul, Turkey. Our Turkish citizenship law attorney are ready to help you to Apply for Turkish Citizenship with investment. Our immigration lawyers also handle work and resident permit applications. Our Turkish citizenship lawyers also represent our clients in other immigration law issues including; extending resident and work permits, application for Turkish citizenship, filing a law suit to cancel any objections.

Our Turkish real estate lawyers are prepared to handle real estate acquisitions to get Turkish citizenship. Our investment for Turkish citizenship practice includes; buying, leasing, and selling residential and commercial properties to both domestic and foreign customers in Turkey. Our Turkish real estate lawyers also represent our clients in real property acquisition, we prepare real estate sale contracts or amend the contracts that are prepared by the developers. We also represent our clients throughout Turkish citizenship application process until they get their Turkish passport.

Turkish Citizenship Law

The Council of Ministers has adopted a decision published at the Official Gazette dated January 12, 2017. Accordingly, the Turkish Government introduced the option of obtaining a Turkish Citizenship via making an investment in Turkey, like other countries in the world, with certain reservations. In line with the further amendments made by The President Decision No. 106 entered into force on September 19, 2018, the amounts of investment required for acquiring Turkish citizenship applications are lowered.

More recently, one of the exceptional cases based on purchasing a real estate with a minimum value of $250,000.- (Two Hundred Fifty Thousand US Dollars) was amended by the Presidential Decree No. 408 through the publication in the Official Gazette dated December 7, 2018 and it is now possible to apply for Turkish citizenship by executing preliminary sale contract before notary public as for the real estates under construction projects provided that a real estate has construction servitude deed or condominium deed. Accordingly, foreigners who satisfy at least one of the below-noted investment requirements may be granted a citizenship, subject to the approval and an administrative decision of the President.

Turkish Citizenship Law’s Article 12 allows foreign investors to acquire Turkish citizenship in exceptional terms; with 18.09.2018 dated 106 numbered Presidential Decree, amendatory new arrangements have been made regarding the amounts mentioned in the Article 20 of the Regulation on the Implementation of the aforementioned Law.

In line with the recent regulatory amendments, foreigners who satisfy at least one (1) of the below criteria will be granted citizenship subject to the approval of the Council of Ministers:

  1. Purchase of a real estate property in Turkey with a minimum value of $250,000 (prior to the amendment such amount was $1,000,000), such property shall also have an annotation of no-sale for at least three years at the relevant title registry; or purchase a real estate which has a property ownership or a construction servitude on it, with a preliminary sale contract executed before a notary public and at least $250,000 or amount of foreign currency or Turkish Liras has been paid in advance and such notarized preliminary sale contract should be recorded at the relevant title registry with the undertaking not to assign or de-register the agreement for a period of three years
  2. A fixed capital investment of a minimum $500,000 (prior to the amendment such amount was $2,000,000) in a Turkish corporate entity
  3. Generate employment for at least 50 individuals in Turkey (prior to the amendment such amount was 100 individuals)
  4. Deposit a minimum of $500,000 to banks that operate in Turkey (prior to the amendment such amount was $3,000,000) with the condition to keep such deposit at such bank for at least three years
  5. Purchase minimum of $500,000 public borrowing vehicles of Turkey (prior to the amendment such amount was $3,000,000) and keep them for at least three years;
  6. Purchase minimum of $500,000 of Turkish real estate participation fund shares or Turkish capital investment trust fund shares (prior to the amendment such amount was $1,500,000) and keep those shares for at least three years

Turkish Citizenship Law

Turkish Citizenship Law by Property Purchase

We do perform legal services for property purchase and management for foreign clients. Our services include preparation, legal help and representation regarding the sale or purchase of a real estate property in Turkey.

An English-speaking attorney will prepare your purchase and sale agreement to buy or sell an off-plan or second-hand house or apartment in Turkey. Our lawyer will advise you of any potential pitfalls, recommend specific changes that would benefit you, discuss or negotiate these concerns and changes with the other party, and accompany you to the Title Deed Office to close the transaction. Nowadays, there is huge demand for Turkish citizenship via the route of the USD 250,000 property investment law. Our attorneys will help from real estate purchase until you get Turkish citizenship.

Turkish Citizenship with Property Purchase

Our Real Estate Purchase Services Include;

  • Discuss Client concerns and issues with Client.
  • Draft or review the offer, purchase contract.
  • Discuss or negotiate the offer or contract with the Developer or the Developer’s lawyer.
  • Prepare up to two sets of revisions or responses to counteroffers, if necessary.
  • Review the information provided by the developer (if the property is off-plan).
  • Check whether the house is free of charges and/or rented out (if the property is a second-hand home).
  • Check whether the Real Estate Tax payments are in good standing.
  • Check the local Municipality whether the Developer has all necessary licenses.
  • Accompany you to the Title Deed Office in order to sign the purchase and sale deed.
  • Change the property title in the Cadastral office.
  • Process Client stamp duty tax on your behalf.

Our Turkish Citizenship Application Shall Consist of All Following Matters;

  • Prepare residency application documents for Client, his wife and children.
  • Prepare citizenship application documents for Client, his wife and children.
  • Follow up application until the Turkish passports given.

Below Citizenship Services are Also Included in Our Fees:

  • Getting the documents translated and notarized.
  • Applying for the Turkish Tax Id Number.
  • Assistance for opening a bank account in Turkey.

Property Management Services:

After we completed your property purchase, we can provide below services with an additional fee;

  • Registering your property with local Municipality to pay annual Environmental and Garbage Collection Tax.
  • Arrange a real estate agent to list your property to lease.
  • To sign a lease contract with your tenant.
  • To make sure if the tenant is paying rent on time.
  • If the tenant is not paying rent on time, we will send him/her a warning letter.
  • If it is needed, we can file a law suit to evict the tenant.
  • To observe if the tenant is paying monthly dues to the management.

Real Estate Purchase Details for Receipt of Conformity Certification

Obtaining conformity certificate from Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for purchasing a real estate property with a minimum value of $250,000 or equivalent foreign currency or equivalent amount of Turkish Liras [prior to the amendment such amount was $1,000,000] and attached an annotation of no-sale for at least three years at the relevant title registry.

Purchasing a real estate property which has a property ownership or a construction servitude on it, with a preliminary sale contract executed before a notary public and at least $250,000 or amount of foreign currency or Turkish Liras has been paid in advance and such notarized preliminary sale contract should be recorded at the relevant title registry with the undertaking not to transfer or assign the agreement for a period of three years. In order to obtain conformity certificate from Ministry of Environment and Urbanization following steps should be taken into consideration:

In order to apply for Turkish citizenship by way of real estate investment in Turkey, the real estate should be purchased with a minimum value of $1,000,000 between the dates January 12, 2017 – September 18, 2018. If such real estate is purchased after September 19, 2018 and/ or such real estate is purchased with preliminary sale contract issued before notary public after December 7, 2018; the minimum value should be $250,000

A real estate value assessment report that shows the value of such real estate should be drafted by a real estate appraiser with a valid license approved by Capital Market Board in order to determine the value of the subject real estate. The date of issuance of such assessment report should be three months (at most) prior to the application date. Such value assessment report shall be valid until the end of the transaction. In case the applicant completed the purchasing transactions before obtaining a real estate value assessment report, the date of real estate value assessment report should be same with the date of purchase.

Previously, the sale price of the real estate indicated in the official deed shall not be less than amount which is stated in the real estate value assessment report. Now, the sale price of the real estate indicated in the official deed and a real estate value assessment report should be higher than $250,000 whereas the sale price of the real estate indicated in the official deed is not required to be higher than the amount stated in the real estate value assessment report.

Turkish Citizenship Law with 500,000 USD Bank Deposit

Turkish Citizenship with Bank Deposit

Our attorneys will help you to open a bank account. We generally open bank accounts with a Power of Attorney (PoA) given to us by our clients. Some of our client give us PoA in their own country either at Turkish Embassy or local notary and apsotille. A PoA can be given in a way called double legalization in some countries like China. In this way a PoA is prepared by a local notary and attested by the Foreign Ministry of that country and after that it is attested by Turkish Embassy.

In order to be eligible for bank deposit option, one must invest at least 500.000 US Dollars or its equivalent foreign currency or equivalent of Turkish Lira and make commitment to hold the amount of deposits for three years at banks operating in Turkey and for whom a certificate of conformity is issued by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency.

Our Bank Deposit Services Includes Following Matters;

  • Passport translation and notarization
  • Obtaining tax id number for client
  • Opening bank account
  • Arrange bank deposit
  • Prepare documents to be signed by the Client.
  • Follow up our paperwork with BBDK.

Our Turkish Citizenship Application Shall Consist of All Following Matters;

  • Prepare residency application documents for Client, his wife and children.
  • Prepare citizenship application documents for Client, his wife and children.
  • Follow up application until the Turkish passports given.

Below Citizenship Services are Also Included in Our Fees:

  • Getting the documents translated and notarized.
  • Applying for the Turkish Tax Id Number.
  • Assistance for opening a bank account in Turkey.

Additionally, we have extensive experience on resident permit and immigration & citizenship services for foreign citizens.

Nowadays, there is huge demand for Turkish citizenship via the route of the USD 250,000 property investment law. Our attorneys will help from real estate purchase until you get Turkish citizenship.

Turkish Citizenship Law by Investment Consists of Three Stages:

  1. Fulfilling the one of the investment conditions and obtaining receipt of a certificate of conformity
  2. Obtaining a short-term residence permit
  3. Applying for Turkish citizenship by investment.

Required documents for these steps are summarized below:

Opening a bank account within Turkey in order to handle bank transfer for the investment type. Required documents are listed below in order to open a bank account in Turkey:

  • Document showing a residence address in foreigner’s home country (such as phone, electricity, gas bill)
  • Passport
  • Turkish tax number (we can obtain tax number for you)

Receipt of conformity certification for the investment type:

  • A real estate value assessment report which shows the real value of the real estate shall be required for purchasing a real estate investment.
  • Particular purpose report from a certified public accountant (CPA) shall be required for making a fixed capital investment of a minimum $500,000.

Obtaining Short Term Residence Permit for Citizenship by Investment Applicants

A foreigner who applies for Turkish citizenship law by way of investment should first obtain short term (temporary) residence permit. Normally, in order to make a short-term residence permit application, the foreigner should enter Turkey with a valid visa, or by benefiting from a visa exemption.

Following valid entry to Turkey, foreigners who wish to extend their stay in Turkey, should apply for a “short-term residence permit”. In order to apply for a short term residency permit; foreigner should enter Turkey legally and an online application shall be made where an appointment date for the application shall be reserved from the Directorate of Immigration so that the applicant could be present in Turkey at such reserved application date.

For regular short-term residence permit application process the waiting period for an appointment/interview date at many popular districts (such as Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara) is quite long (2 to 3 months). However, in such citizenship by investment based special short-term applications the waiting period for an appointment date is shorter (within 1 to 10 days after making online application and there is a special office of the Immigration Directorate handling these affairs).

The residence permits granted within the scope of subparagraph (j) the Article 31, can be issued up to five (5) years (but generally applied and granted for 1 year, the term is dependent on the validity term of the passport and the health insurance policy term obtained) and the residence permit cards are mailed to the residence address of the foreigner in Turkey within 2-4 weeks.

Required Documents for Short-Term Residence Permit are:

  • Valid visa or non-expired exemption term following entry at the date of application
  • Valid Passport (with enough validity for the residence term to be applied for)
  • Power of Attorney to our firm to authorize professional assistance for handling procedures
  • Four (4) passport type pictures in color
  • Private health insurance. We can assist you to obtain a private health insurance policy as well and the costs are between $150.- to $400.- including taxes and expenses depending on your age, health etc.
  • Address information: a residence address in Turkey is required during the online application. A hotel address declaration may be enough at initial application however, foreigner may also submit his/her notarized lease agreement (if any) or the address of the real estate purchased for residence purposes. Please also note that workplace addresses cannot be declared as residence addresses.
  • Conformity certificate for the investment type

Filing Turkish Citizenship Application

Filing Turkish Citizenship Application Law

Required documents for Turkish Citizenship Application by way of investment are:

  • Preliminary examination form (a standard form VAT-4)
  • Notarized Turkish translation of the passport
  • Identity registry copy of the applicant
  • Birth Certificate of the applicant
  • Marital Status Certificate/Document
  • Valid residence permit obtained through the process above outlined
  • Receipt slip for the application service charges made

In addition to this:

  • If the applicant is divorced; Divorce Certificate/Decree
  • If the applicant is married; Marriage Certificate
  • If the applicant is widow; Death Certificate regarding his/her spouse

Required Documents For Turkish Citizenship

Required Documents For Turkish Citizenship Application

  • Application form (Vat-4)
  • Passport or ID card that shows his/her nationality. If he/she is stateless approved documents with Turkish translate certified from the notary.
  • Consent letter (taken from notary or the related officer in domestic, if abroad external representation or from the authorized offices from his/her country) for the children who are under their mother’s/father’s custody and applying the citizenship with.
  • Marital status document and if married marriage certificate, if divorced divorce certificate, if widow/widower death certificate.
  • Birth certificate that shows personal information, or population register sample document and if married family registration certificate that proves the family bond between his/her spouse and children.
  • Service charge receipt from finance cashier desk.
  • 2 biometric photograph (50×60 mm, white background, machine readable, plain set by ICAO).

Reach us forTurkish Citizenship Law

Since its foundation in 1992, Legalixa Turkish Citizenship Law Firm has been the choice of numerous clients in Istanbul, Turkey. Thanks to its nationally recognized immigration law practice, our firm is now one of the leading Turkish citizenship law firms in Istanbul, Turkey. You may reach our Turkish citizenship law lawyers by sending an email or through Contact page for Turkish Citizenship Law.